YMMV: Crocodile Hunter

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Irwin himself was this among a substantial portion of the Australian population for a time - not because he was a bad man in any way, but because of his embodiment of Australian stereotypes as a performer popular overseas, giving the impression that all Australians are that reckless in the face of obvious dangers. This pretty much completely evaporated with his death, though.
    • There's also a degree of this feeling towards him in conservationist circles, since a lot of untrained folks often try to replicate some of the stuff they saw him do on TV, managing to severely hurt themselves or the animals.
  • Crazy Awesome: Let's see...gleefully jumping on large predators, grabbing poisonous snakes by the tail...admit it. This guy was nuts, and we all enjoyed watching the man perform.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Steve playing with a village's domesticated mongoose in "Island of Snakes". He just cannot stop cooing over the thing.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is far more popular outside of Australia than inside. Part of it is the Cultural Cringe discussed below, and the other part is... well, it just isn't as impressive for people who actually live in Australia.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In 2000, Steve Irwin appeared in a commercial for Fed Ex, in which he's bitten by a snake and says the antidote is being shipped via Fed Ex because in this business "if you're not absolutely sure, you're absolutely dead" and is then told antidote has been sent by a different courier and falls over dead., Six years later...
    • Similarly, his sketch in the Dr. Dolittle move, where a croc, off-screen, bites his arm off.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Crikey!" "Gorgeous." "Very, very dangerous!"
  • Memetic Badass: Steve Irwin; see Crazy Awesome above.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In one of the most tragic ways possible. Irwin was hated in his home country thanks to being the living embodiment of every negative Australian trope out there. Come his death, absolutely no one bashes him anymore. Quite a few Australians went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against stingrays at large when it happened, a fact that a good portion of everyone involved actively called them out on.
  • Tear Jerker: Not only Steve Irwin's death, but finally after nearly 8 years, we hear the truth of circumstances surrounding Steve's death from a cameraman who was with him at the time. Needless to say, even if you weren't a huge fan of Steve... It's hard to hear.
    • What makes it worse is Steve's last words, according to the crew was that the stingray didn't mean to hurt him. God man!
  • Too Cool to Live: Steve Irwin.